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KTM 250SX: DIRT BIKE 2-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

The KTM 250SX two-stroke remains the horsepower king of the class. It’s also light, smooth and technologically sophisticated. On top of all that, if you want to compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, it is one of only two-two-strokes that is legal–the other being the Husqvarna TC250. Here’s what the Dirt Bike staff […]

RIDING THE 2020 KTM 790 ADVENTURE R: THE WRAP

We’ve had the opportunity to spend some time on adventure bikes this summer, and loved every minute of it. The highlight was the return of the KTM 790 Adventure to the garage, which has reconfirmed its status as the pick of the litter.  Paul Krause has joined us on several rides in the Southern California […]

2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE, FULL TEST

KTM knocked it out of the park with the 790 Adventure last year. It’s a stunning motorcycle that broke new ground in off-road performance and accessibility for a full-sized ADV machine. Even though the performance-to-price ratio was better than anything that came before it, the 790 was still out of reach of many would-be off-road […]

2021 KTM SMARTPHONE MAPPING TOOL EXPLAINED: THE WRAP

This week’s announcement of the 2021 KTM and Husqvarnas held a surprise for those of us who thought we knew everything. The 2021 KTM SX-F and XC-F models will have smartphone connectivity that should make mapping changes much easier at the track. The Husky models that will have this system are the FC and FX […]

2021 KTM ELECTRIC BIKES

KTM has expanded its electric offerings  with the inclusion of a KTM-branded Stacyc youth model. While the Stacyc is technically branded as a 2020 model, the 2021 Freeride XC-E electric motorcycle was announced as well as the 2021 KTM SX E 5 mini. Below is KTM’s official announcement and information. For KTM’s 2021 gasoline-powered motocross […]

2021 KTM TWO-STROKES

KTM will be offering 14 different two-stroke models for 2021. In the motocross line, the 250SX is back and it still has a carburetor and a kickstarter. The 150SX, 125SX, 85SX (in both big wheel and standard), 65SX, 50SX and 50SX Mini all return and none have TPI fuel-injection for the coming year. KTM’s XC […]

2021 KTM MOTOCROSS BIKES ANNOUNCED

KTM’s motocross line for 2021 was revealed today. This includes the four-strokes (450SX-F, 350SX-F, 250SX-F), the two-strokes (250SX, 150SX, 125SX, 85SX, 65SX, 50SX) and the KTM SX E5 electric mini. The most significant change for the motocross line is in the realm of electronic tuning. KTM now has a digital tuning app that allows a […]

2021 KTM CROSS-COUNTRY MODELS REVEALED

KTM pulled the sheets off its 2021 off-road competition models today. The bikes shown to the world include the  450XC-F, 350XC-F and 250XC-F four-strokes. Also shown were the 300XC, 250XC and a new 125XC. All have substancial suspension upgrades as well as much easier electronic tuning methods. To see KTM’s 2021 motocross bikes, click here. […]

KTM 250 TPI ISSUES & SOLUTIONS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

TELL ME WHAT TO DO! Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 KTM 250XC TPI. Love the handling and suspension. Only “like” the motor performance. Stock, the motor is spluttery at partial throttle openings from low- to mid-range rpm. Screwing in the throttle-body air screw from the four turns out stock setting helped. Based upon […]

2021 KTM DUAL-SPORT & OFF-ROAD BIKES REVEALED

KTM has released the first batch of its 2021 new model line. This includes the EXC dual-sport bikes, the XCF-W off-road four-strokes and the XC-W off-road two-strokes. The official information from KTM appears below. 2021 KTM 500 EXC-F Highlights • NEW graphics with updated color scheme for a READY TO RACE appearance. • UPDATED WP […]

KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the constant need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on […]

2012 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

One of Tom Webb’s riding buddies for way too many decades is the infamous Mark “Mental” Mangold. Tom has written about their escapades for years, and he has touted Mental as being one of the hardest of hardcore dirt bike addicts he has ever known. Back in 2012 Mental was already the owner of a […]

2020 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

For 2020 the KTM 500EXC no longer has to be two different bikes to two different people. That was the mission between 2017 and 2019 when there were no pure off-road four-strokes in the KTM line. In that period KTM only offered full-blooded race bikes and dual-sport bikes—nothing in between. Now that KTM has filled […]

2020 KTM 500EXC: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 KTM 500EXC has undergone a moderately significant redesign, although it doesn’t look that different at a glance. It got a PDS version of the stiffer frame that most KTMs and Husqvarnas got in 2019. The motors of the Husky and KTM are identical. They both got a more compact head like that of […]

2020 KTM450SXF FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

The KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition has been an annual tradition since 2012. That was the year that everything turned around for the Austrian maker; the year that KTM went from being a sideshow in the Supercross circus to a headliner. At the time, it was presumed to be a one-time-only measure. Ryan Dungey had just […]

RIDING KURT CASELLI’S RACE BIKES, 2013

In September of 2013, Kurt Caselli joined the Dirt Bike staff for a photo and video shoot in the sand dunes of the Owens Valley. It would be the last of many collaborations. Three months later, he would be taken in a tragic accident that still brings us to tears.  Mark Tilley wrote this feature […]

FIRST GASGAS MODELS FROM KTM

The first of the new GasGas models to be released by KTM’s parent company Pierer Mobility are the TXT trials bikes. Today, GasGas North America, which is headquartered at the KTM facility in Murrieta, California, released the high-end trial bikes in four displacements: 125, 250, 280 and 300. The entry level models known as the […]

TAYLOR ROBERT’S CORONAVIRUS WORKOUT

Taylor Robert is stuck at home just like the rest of us. No gyms are open no tracks are running and he’s going a little crazy. Check out his KTM 450XC workout he’s developed to stay fit while he’s waiting out the apocalypse.     View this post on Instagram   No gym? No problem! […]

KTM 390 ADVENTURE: FIRST RIDE

The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure was originally scheduled to be released to the press at a mass introduction last month, but KTM officials had to rethink that. We don’t do “mass” anything these days. Instead, we drove to KTM’s office in Murrieta  and quietly loaded up a 390. We’ve been riding it all week. This […]

GASGAS OFF-ROAD BIKES TO BE SOLD UNDER RIEJU NAME

The Spanish scooter maker Rieju just announced that it has acquired the intellectual rights to manufacture the current GasGas off-road bikes. Last year, Pierer Mobility, owner of KTM, acquired a majority interest in GasGas. It was announced that going forward, the off-road bikes carrying the GasGas name would use a shared platform with KTM. The […]